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What to Do About Your Bunions


April 24, 2024 – Lapiplasty® patient April Leonard and Dr. Dana Brems from the Foot and Ankle Sports Institute in Los Angeles, CA recently spoke with TIME about bunion deformities and the surgical options available to treat them in celebration of National Bunion Day.

April learned about Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction® in 2017 while accompanying her husband to a podiatrist appointment. “Our doctor said, ‘I’d really like you to have this done now, because it won’t get better,’” said April. “When I went to the pool or the beach and would look at my feet, it was like, ugh.”

Bunions are a common deformity, affecting about 25% of adults in the U.S.1. “It’s not talked about a lot, but it is an insecurity that patients have,” Dr. Brems said. “People say they feel uncomfortable wearing open-toed shoes or sandals because of the appearance of the bunion.”

Many people who have bunions report that a family member has also struggled with the condition2. Bunions are progressive and can become more severe over time, which can lead to worsening symptoms including pain and numbness if left untreated3,4.

While people with bunions may consider nonsurgical treatments, bunion correction surgery will be discussed for those who continue to experience pain and find it difficult to complete daily activities5. The Lapiplasty® Procedure, returns the bones to their normal alignment and secures the unstable joint in the foot with titanium plates6,7.

Five months after undergoing the Lapiplasty® Procedure and after being cleared by her physician, April was able to run a 10k race and participated in a half marathon within a year8. “It’s been a really good thing—I wish I had done it earlier,” said April.

Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. Only a surgeon can tell if the Lapiplasty® Procedure is right for you. This experience is unique and specific to this patient only. Individual results may vary depending on age, weight, health, and other variables. The opinions expressed by this doctor are their own and not necessarily that of TMC Inc. There are risks, and recovery takes time. For more information about recovery from the Lapiplasty® Procedure, see the recovery information and discuss the post-surgery recovery process with your doctor. Risks include infection, pain, implant loosening, and loss of correction with improper bone healing. For more information on benefits, risks, and recovery, visit

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